Alvin Burroughs

Alvin Burroughs (November 21, 1911 – August 1, 1950) was an American swing jazz drummer.

Burroughs was raised in Pittsburgh. He played in Kansas City with Walter Page's Blue Devils in 1928-29 and then with Alphonse Trent's territory band before moving to Chicago around 1930. There he played with Hal Draper's Arcadians (1935), Horace Henderson (1937–38), and Earl Hines (1938–40); with Hines he recorded extensively. In the 1940s he worked with Milt Larkin, Benny Carter (1942), and Red Allen (1945-46), in addition to leading his own groups. He was in George Dixon's quartet in 1950 when he died of a heart attack. He never recorded as a leader.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 21st, 1911 (Mobile), Died August 1st, 1950 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, traps

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-038255 10-in. 7/12/1939 Indiana Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-038256 10-in. 7/12/1939 G. T. stomp Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-038257 10-in. 7/12/1939 Ridin' and jivin' Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-038258 10-in. 7/12/1939 Grand Terrace shuffle Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-038259 10-in. 7/12/1939 Father steps in Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-038260 10-in. 7/12/1939 Piano man Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040474 10-in. 10/6/1939 Riff medley Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040475 10-in. 10/6/1939 Me and Columbus Earl Hines Orchestra ; Laura Rucker Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040476 10-in. 10/6/1939 X Y Z Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040477 10-in. 10/6/1939 'Gator swing Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040478 10-in. 10/6/1939 After all I've been to you Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040479 10-in. 10/6/1939 Lightly and politely Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-040480 10-in. 10/6/1939 Rosetta Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-047055 10-in. 2/13/1940 Boogie woogie on St.Louis blues Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-047056 10-in. 2/13/1940 Deep forest Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-047057 10-in. 2/13/1940 My heart beats for you Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-047058 10-in. 2/13/1940 Number 19 Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051521 10-in. 6/19/1940 Wait 'till it happens to you Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051522 10-in. 6/19/1940 Call me happy Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051523 10-in. 6/19/1940 Ann Earl Hines Orchestra ; Billy Eckstine Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051524 10-in. 6/19/1940 Topsy-turvy Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051525 10-in. 6/19/1940 Blue because of you Earl Hines Orchestra ; Leroy Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051526 10-in. 6/19/1940 You can depend on me Earl Hines Orchestra ; Walter Fuller Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-051527 10-in. 6/19/1940 Tantalizing a Cuban Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, traps  
Victor PBS-055175 10-in. 12/2/1940 Easy rhythm Earl Hines Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 1-25 of 37 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Burroughs, Alvin," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107189.

Burroughs, Alvin. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107189.

"Burroughs, Alvin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107189

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